|Jan Chipchase: Design anthropology - PopTech|
Jan Chipchase, head of research for frog Design, talks about the process behind his company's acclaimed work. Chipchase and his team spend weeks on the ground, living with participants and observing the activities and rules of their daily lives. The result is a process of drilling down to the essence of an experience before even beginning to design it.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Design; PopTech 2011; Culture; DIY
|Tony Orrico: Choreography’s shape on paper - PopTech|
Tony Orrico, visual artist, performer, and choreographer, uses his own body to inscribe geometries on paper. Through physically exhausting performances involving highly choreographed motions, Orrico explores line and shape with his actual body, creating works of visual art that record his own motion.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Design; PopTech 2011; Art; Play
|Unity Dow: Rethinking Africa - PopTech|
Unity Dow, a lawyer, high court justice in Botswana and novelist, describes seismic generational shifts between pre- and post-independence Africans. She asks how the identity shifts of the next generation will change the dynamics of the world stage and what that means for Americans, many of whom are working with outdated paradigms in a world rebalancing.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; PopTech 2011; Business
|David Wax Museum: Mexo-Americana Music - PopTech|
The David Wax Museum fuses traditional Mexican folk with American roots and indie rock to create an utterly unique Mexo-Americana aesthetic.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Music; PopTech 2011; Culture
|Amy Cuddy: Power Poses - PopTech|
Amy Cuddy revealed that we can actually change feelings we have about our own status through the physical positions we take with our bodies. Her research participants had higher levels of testosterone and lower levels of cortisol after only two minutes in a "power pose". Cuddy asked if such findings can have wider implications for empowerment training.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Business; PopTech 2011; Psychology
|Shorts: Zeb and Haniya in the park - PopTech|
Zeb and Haniya, a singer-songwriter duo from Lahore, Pakistan and PopTech 2011 performers perform in the Camden Village Green.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Music; PopTech 2011; Culture; Shorts; PopTech 2011 shorts; Business; Design
|Shorts: Dava Newman's streamlined flight suit - PopTech|
MIT aeronautics professor and engineer Dava Newman had a dream: that of a slimmed down astronaut. See the streamlined, mobility-enhancing "Bio-Suit" she created for protecting astronauts from atmospheres and healthcare workers from germs.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Entertainment; PopTech 2011; Space; Design; Engineering; Shorts; Emerging Tech; PopTech 2011 shorts; Business
|Shorts: Tony Orrico performs at PopTech - PopTech|
Artist and choreographer Tony Orrico impressed us with a performance of his work at PopTech's closing night party this year. In this video, he creates a smaller scale version of his durational Penwald Drawings, in which he uses his body to inscribe geometric shapes on paper, recording his motion meticulously and with grace.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Design; PopTech 2011; Art; shorts; Play; PopTech 2011 shorts
|Stephanie Coontz: Gender gaps - PopTech|
Stephanie Coontz, an historian of the family, discusses how globalization has brought more women into the paid work force, giving them some ownership over their productive labor. Coontz urges us to redefine our notions of gender equality within this framework of labor, arguing that every worker has a right to a family life.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; PopTech 2011; Politics; Human Rights; Women
|Shahidul Alam: Photography's power - PopTech|
After an acclaimed career as a documentary photographer, Bangladeshi Shahidul Alam dedicated his life to bringing photography to the people. He started a number of projects and initiatives--including Pathshala, the South Asian Institute of Photography; Chobi Mela, the festival of photography in Asia; and Majority World, a global community interest initiative formed to provide a platform for indigenous photographers.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; PopTech 2011; Culture; Art; Community; Photography; DIY
|Erik Hersman: Africa on the rise - PopTech|
Erik Hersman asks us to shed outdated notions of Africa as a unified place plagued by starvation and war. Between mobile phone innovations like M-PESA, social networking like MXit and entrepreneurial spaces like Maker Faire Africa, Hersman sees innovation and entrepreneurship exploding within some of Africa's--and the world's--fastest growing economies.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Business; PopTech 2011; Economics; Culture; Development; Africa; DIY
|Porter and Mykleby: A Grand Strategy for the Nation - PopTech|
Naval Captain Wayne Porter and Col. Mark Mykleby of the Marines, military strategists working at the highest level of government, present highlights from their paper, "A National Strategic Narrative." Their ideas--less military force, more social capital and more sustainable practices in energy and agriculture--have caused a recent stir in policy communities.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; PopTech 2011; Politics; Democracy; Governance; Resilience; Nationalism
|Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg: Synthetic aesthetics - PopTech|
Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, designer, artist and writer, explores the social, ethical and cultural implications of emerging technologies, especially synthetic biology. Her projects open up a creative space to imagine the potential scientific triumphs and disasters on the horizon.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Design; PopTech 2011; Art; Biology; Innovation; Emerging Tech
|Shorts: Food as revolution - PopTech|
What better way to welcome PopTech attendees to Maine than by inviting them to participate in a cooking class run by Salt Water Farm's chef/owner Annemarie Ahearn and farm director Ladleah Dunn?
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; PopTech 2011; Business; Design; Energy; Entertainment
|Daniel Kish: Blind Vision - PopTech|
Daniel Kish's organization, World Access for the Blind, trains the visually impaired to achieve greater freedom and mobility through echolocation, a technique that simulates a bat's night vision of perceiving the environment through sound.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; PopTech 2011; Activism; Mapping; Neuroscience
|Tresset and Leymarie: Aikon II: Personal robotics - PopTech|
Patrick Tresset and Frederic Fol Leymarie direct the Aikon-II project, which uses computational modeling and robotics to replicate the sketching performed by a human hand.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Design; PopTech 2011; Art; Robotics; Emerging Tech
|Bhagwan Chowdhry's Financial Access at Birth - PopTech|
Bhagwan Chowdhry started Financial Access at Birth (FAB), which aims to give every child born in the world an initial deposit of $100 in an online bank account so the next generation would have access to financial services in a few decades.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Business; PopTech 2011; Economics; Development; Poverty; Design; DIY
|Nils Gilman: Deviant globalization - PopTech|
Deviant globalization is the global flow of "repugnant" goods and services like drugs, human trafficking and illegal wildlife. Such globalization leverages the mainstream infrastructure of the formal economy along with any downsizing in the role of the state. Nils Gilman asks what this means for countries in flux like Greece and Libya.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; PopTech 2011; Economics; Culture; Development; Politics; DIY
|Jonathan Rothberg: DNA Testing - PopTech|
After his infant son was rushed to intensive care, Jonathan Rothberg was driven to invent high-speed DNA sequencing. His work ushered in the era of personal genetics and today his technology is used in laboratories and medical centers all over the world. Rothberg's efforts led the way towards the first sequence of an individual human genome.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Health; PopTech 2011; Science; Biology; Emerging Tech
|Dava Newman: A better built space suit - PopTech|
MIT aeronautics professor and engineer Dava Newman is on a quest to create the best space suit in (intergalactic) town. She introduces some of her favorites designs, including a mobility-enhancing "Bio-Suit" created to protect astronauts from atmospheres and healthcare workers from germs.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Design; PopTech 2011; Space; Engineering; Emerging Tech
|Bernard Lietaer: Money diversity - PopTech|
Bernard Lietaer argues that the monoculture of money is what creates economic instability, leading to liquidity crises. He calls for a greater diversity of alternative currencies, citing innovative and enormously successful initiatives like the Lithuanian Doraland Economy, the Torekes in Belgium and Switzerland's famous alternative currency, the WIR.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Business; PopTech 2011; Economics; Development; Innovation; Design; DIY
|Arbabi and Hosseini: “The Daily Show” of Iran - PopTech|
Saman Arbabi and Kambiz Hosseini started a satirical television show, Parazit, broadcast on Voice of America. Today, it is an international phenomenon, drawing more than 700,000 followers. They use the power of satire combined with content from citizens on the street to expose injustices happening across Iran.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Entertainment; PopTech 2011; Culture; Politics; Democracy; Journalism; Funny
|eL Seed: The Art of Calligraffiti - PopTech|
eL Seed is a French artist who creates large-scale works of art combining the vernacular of street art with Arabic calligraphy. What he calls "Calligraffiti" is his response to both his role as an Arabic artist in a Western-dominated art world as well as his role as an artist of the "streets."
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Design; PopTech 2011; Language; Art; Community; DIY
|Jonathan Greenblatt: New models for social progress - PopTech|
Jonathan Greenblatt, the White House's new head of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, describes the rise of an "impact economy" - a new approach to social problem solving that involves impact investing and new hybrids of business and philanthropy to scale social progress.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Business; PopTech 2011; Community; Collaboration; DIY; Governance
|Adriane Herman: Art of the list - PopTech|
Adriane Herman collects and displays found lists from all over the world. Heartbreaking, hilarious, mundane and, at times, shocking, these lists present a portrait of our attempts to contain our unruly humanity.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Design; PopTech 2011; Culture; Art; Funny
|Adrien Treuille: Crowdsourcing science - PopTech|
Can gaming cure disease? By creating games like EteRNA for protein folding and nano-engineering, Adrien Treuille and his colleagues are outsourcing research, each week scoring and then synthesizing top players' work. By studying players' strategies, scientists can improve their computer modeling while also creating new ways to fight disease.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; PopTech 2011; Health; Fellows; Biology; Crowdsourcing; Science Fellows; Science Fellows 2011
|Chris Marianetti's Found Sound Nation - PopTech|
Chris Marianetti, a classically trained musician and composer, got started by bringing his recording studio to a Bronx school. Marianetti ended up recording an album with his students and then invited master musicians to contribute. Today, his organization, Found Sound Nation, creates collaborations all over the world, bringing people together through music.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Music; PopTech 2011; Community; Collaboration; Social Innovation Fellows 2011; Social Innovation Fellows
|Fortune and Biewald: Crowdsourcing TB cell annotation - PopTech|
Sarah Fortune, TB expert, and Lukas Biewald, CEO of the crowdsourcing start-up, Crowdflower, pair up through PopTech to crowdsource a task best done by the human eye: cataloging TB's bacterial cells. This collaboration has the potential to democratize the economics of science and basic scientific discovery.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; PopTech 2011; Health; Biology; Crowdsourcing; Community; DIY; Emerging Tech
|Erika Block's Local Orbit - PopTech|
Erika Block founded Local Orbit to connect local farmers with chefs, institutions and consumers. Her online platform provides marketing, sales, logistics and inventory management for food hubs, farmers, and community groups. The result is a scalable system that makes healthy, locally produced food both affordable and accessible to everyone.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Environment; PopTech 2011; Technology; Food; Agriculture; Community; Social Innovation Fellows 2011; Social Innovation Fellows
|Robert Neuwirth: Free Markets vs. Flea Markets - PopTech|
Robert Neuwirth tells us about life in the informal economy, what French culture classifies as System D. 1.8 billion people on the planet subsist through economic transactions that happen outside legal spheres and, by 2020, two thirds of our planet will be doing business in this domain. The future is the free market vs. the flea market.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Business; PopTech 2011; Culture; Economics; Governance; Geography; Nationalism; Politics
|Amy Sun: Unlocking capacities - PopTech|
Amy Sun's FabLab gives people access to tools and processes for the modern means of invention. In Afghanistan, participants wanted to "make the Internet;" the outcome was the creation of a city-scale wireless mesh network. FabLab brings together people with the tools, processes and guiding principles to envision and build a future that works.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Technology; PopTech 2011; Fellows; Community; Social Innovation Fellows 2011; Social Innovation Fellows; DIY
|Milenko Matanovic: Art as community builder - PopTech|
Milenko Matanovic is a community builder and visual artist. He describes his journey from pure artist to facilitator, working with the betterment of the community in mind. Through his organization, The Pomegranate Center, Matanovic guides the conception and construction of open-air gathering places, involving the community in all phases of the project.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Design; PopTech 2011; Art; Architecture; Community; Collaboration; Human Rights
|Jessika Trancik: Clean energy - PopTech|
Jessika Trancik works to discover and scale new energy technologies while also providing foresight as to where they are going next. She integrates technological details with climate change mitigation targets to make tech problems easier to solve and better for the planet.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; PopTech 2011; Energy; Environment; Science Fellows; Science Fellows 2011; Emerging Technology
|David Mikkelsen's Refugees United - PopTech|
After a remarkable effort to help one Afghan boy reconnect with his family, David and Christopher Troensegaard Mikkelsen were driven to create a low cost, anonymous mobile tool and web platform designed to help refugees reconnect with loved ones. These tools streamline the family tracing process for individuals and for the NGOs helping them.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Technology; PopTech 2011; Freedom; Justice; Human Rights; Social Innovation Fellows 2011; Social Innovation Fellows
|Dominic Muren's Humblefactory - PopTech|
Dominic Muren's organization, The Humblefactory, champions "makers," craftspeople who make up the cottage industries of the world. His online platform helps empower these makers, linking them up with markets through co-manufacturing and product design strategy.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Design; PopTech 2011; Technology; Entrepreneur; DIY; Social Innovation Fellows 2011; Social Innovation Fellows
|Paul Needham: Owning electricity - PopTech|
Paul Needham's organization, Simpa Networks, makes solar energy available to the poor. By using a pay-as-you-go pricing structure modeled after mobile phone cards, Simpa gives its customers ownership of the electricity. Once the initial cost of the equipment is paid off, the device belongs to the customer and their electricity is free.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Energy; PopTech 2011; Development; Social Innovation Fellows 2011; Social Innovation Fellows; Social Innovation
|Krista Donaldson's Design Revolution - PopTech|
Krista Donaldson runs D-Rev: Design Revolution, which creates world class products--market and user driven--designed to meet the needs of the four billion people all over the world living on less than four dollars a day.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Business; PopTech 2011; Health; Design; Social Innovation Fellows 2011; Social Innovation Fellows
|Iain Couzin: Collective behavior - PopTech|
Iain Couzin studies how animals coordinate behavior. He has discovered that locust plagues don't occur because the insects are cooperating. Rather, it is a forced march: if they stop, they risk being cannibalized. Such insights help communities to track oncoming outbreaks while also challenging scientists' theories of collective animal behavior.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; PopTech 2011; Biology; Collaboration; Science Fellows; Science Fellows 2011
|Gideon Obarzanek and Reuben Margolin: A meeting of the minds - PopTech|
Collaborators Reuben Margolin, a kinetic sculptor and Gideon Obarzanek, a choreographer, met at the 2009 PopTech conference. They instantly bonded over the shared themes in their respective mediums and began creating a piece together called "Connected." Their collaborative effort, a couple of years in the making, is now touring worldwide.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Entertainment; PopTech 2011; Art; Design; Collaboration; PopTech 2009; Play
|The Egyptian revolution on film - PopTech|
Shima'a Helmy joins filmmakers and friends Micah Garen and Marie-Helene Carleton onstage at PopTech to talk about their collaboration on an upcoming documentary film, If. The film explores what it's like being a young revolutionary through the eyes of four different Egyptian women, including Helmy.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; PopTech 2011; Activism; Democracy; Journalism; Community; Human Rights
|Aidan Dwyer: Better solar designs - PopTech|
13-year old Aidan Dwyer designed a more efficient model for solar power by studying Fibonacci sequences. Today, his divides his time between junior high and collaborations with research organizations like the University of Madison's Resilience Research Center.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Energy; PopTech 2011; Science; Design; Engineering; DIY; Youth; Emerging Tech
|Desney Tan and Scott Saponas: Our bodies as the interface - PopTech|
Scott Saponas and Desney Tan both work at Microsoft Research where their latest project, called Skinput, focuses on allowing richer, more natural ways of interacting with our ubiquitous technology devices. They envision a day when you can change your music, learn a language, and even answer email using bio-acoustics on the touch-sensitive surfaces of our bodies.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Technology; PopTech 2011; Biology; Innovation; Design; Mobile; Data; Emerging Tech
|Alysson Muotri: Uncovering autism links - PopTech|
Alysson Muotri is working at the forefront of research on Autism Spectrum Disorder. By studying stem cells from adult patients with Rett syndrome, his work is uncovering new insights into the environmental and genetic causes of autism, and the possibility that autistic neurons may be induced to revert back to normal neurons.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; PopTech 2011; Health; Biology; Neuroscience; Science Fellows; Mind; Science Fellows 2011
|Lloyd and Zimbalist: Memory mapping the news - PopTech|
Alexis Lloyd and Michael Zimbalist, both from the New York Times R&D Lab, describe a new app for memory mapping the news, which they created for PopTech's iPad app. Unlike the old model of top-down publishing, it allows consumers to combine news with their own personal memories. Users can see timelines in real and perceived time and view stories from the archives within the context of their own lives.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Technology; PopTech 2011; Culture; Internet; Journalism; Mapping; Emerging Tech
|Arvind Subramanian: China’s ascendance - PopTech|
Arvind Subramanian explains that China's ascendance is not approaching but already upon us. The country's growing dominance will be more imminent, broader in scope and greater than previously imagined. He asks us to imagine a world with, not the G20, nor even the G2, but the sole G1: the reality is that China will rule the world. What does this mean for an increasingly vulnerable United States?
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Business; PopTech 2011; Economics; Culture; Politics; Geography; Governance; Nationalism
|Pardis Sabeti: Genome clues - PopTech|
Using genomes as an archeological record, Pardis Sabeti studies the patterns of natural selection. Why do some people have genetic resistance to disease while others do not? Her work has taken her throughout Africa to research the deadly Lassa fever and help doctors and nurses find a cure.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Health; PopTech 2011; Medicine; Biology; Science Fellows; Resilience; Science Fellows 2011
|Shaily Mahendra: Bioremediation - PopTech|
In a process called bioremediation, Shaily Mahendra uses bacteria and fungi to indicate levels of pollution and ecosystem health. These same microorganisms can also be used to detoxify a wide variety of environmental pollutants, restoring a contaminated environment back to its healthier state.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; PopTech 2011; Ecology; Biology; Innovation; Science Fellows; Resilience; Emerging Tech; Science Fellows 2011
|Olafur Grimsson: Iceland Bounces Back - PopTech|
The President of Iceland describes how his country encountered social and democratic upheaval after the economic crisis of 2008. By combining wide-scale systemic inquiry into governance and judicial systems and investing in clean energy and technology, Iceland has been able to bounce back with remarkable economic vitality.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; PopTech 2011; Economics; Environment; Politics; Democracy; Governance; Finance; Resilience
|Katherine J. Kuchenbecker: Haptic interfaces - PopTech|
Katherine J. Kuchenbecker studies how humans process tactile stimuli. Through her work, she is able to design haptic interfaces, virtual objects and distant environments that feel real to the human touch. Her work aids in everything from creating more immersive environments for surgeons to designing tablet computers with surfaces that simulate reality.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; PopTech 2011; Robotics; Design; Science Fellows; Science Fellows 2011; Emerging Technology
|Michael Murphy: Buildings that heal - PopTech|
At the hospital, you expect to heal, but some buildings are actually making us sicker. With thoughtful techniques as basic as removing hallways and creating outside waiting areas for sick patients, Michael Murphy works with local communities to design buildings that promote health while also creating new jobs.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Health; PopTech 2011; Economics; Development; Fellows; Community; Social Innovation Fellows 2011; Social Innovation Fellows; Fellows 2011; Architecture